Man of Sorrows

A work made of woodcut hand-colored with brush and watercolor on cream laid paper, edge-mounted to vellum, laid down on wooden book cover covered in hand-tooled leather with tooled metal hinges.
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  • A work made of woodcut hand-colored with brush and watercolor on cream laid paper, edge-mounted to vellum, laid down on wooden book cover covered in hand-tooled leather with tooled metal hinges.

Date:

1465/70

Artist:

Artist unknown
German, 15th century

About this artwork

Images such as the Man of Sorrows were intended to shock the beholder into repentance. The pristine condition, and even survival, of this hand-colored woodcut is primarily due to its having been pasted-like many early devotional woodcuts-within a protective book cover. This unique impression was discovered amidst the rubble during the bombardment of London in 1945.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Unknown artist

Title

Man of Sorrows

Origin

Germany

Date

1460–1475

Medium

Woodcut hand-colored with brush and watercolor on cream laid paper, edge-mounted to vellum, laid down on wooden book cover covered in hand-tooled leather with tooled metal hinges

Dimensions

397 x 262 mm (image); 405 x 269 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Waller Fund; gifts of Mrs. Tiffany Blake, Thomas E. Donnelley, Emil Eitel, Carolyn Morse Ely, Alfred E. Hamill, Frank B. Hubachek, Monarch Leather, and Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1947.731

Extended information about this artwork

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